Schumer announces plan to decriminalize marijuana

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According to Schumer's office, under the new bill, marijuana would be removed from the list of substances classified under the Controlled Substances Act. It would establish dedicated funding for women- and minority-owned marijuana businesses and maintain the federal government's ability to regulate marijuana advertising to insure that advertisers can not target children. His bill would not legalize marijuana outright, but instead allow states to decide whether to make the drug available commercially. Justice Brandeis said let the states be laboratories.

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In 2015 Bernie Sanders, the first major-party presidential candidate to endorse marijuana legalization, became the first USA senator to propose a bill repealing the federal ban on marijuana.

The bill Schumer plans to introduce would extend that accommodation to states where marijuana is legal for recreational use, although the feds could still prosecute people for bringing marijuana into states where it remains illegal.

I am not only announcing my support for decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.

The announcement is a major step in marijuana politics, earning the support of perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, given his party's numbers in the Senate. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., whose state legalized marijuana in 2015, and Sen.

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"The time has come to decriminalize marijuana". According to CBS News, Session made "it clear that marijuana possession and distribution is against federal law" and directed US attorneys to prosecute it accordingly.

And under existing law, the federal government considers marijuana as unsafe as heroin and treats it less favorably than cocaine.

Former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who in 2011 said that he was "unalterably opposed" to the legalization of pot, said last week that his position on the issue had "evolved" and that he now supported de-scheduling marijuana and was joining the board of a cannabis company.

If the bill passes, it is good news for marijuana businesses across the country. And Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat and, like Sanders, a possible 2020 presidential candidate, recently introduced his own marijuana decriminalization bill.

"I think Louisiana is going to work to see how that works in other states and see what happens federally before they bite that bullet", Mayers said.

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